POSTAL VOTE VANDALS
Reports of missing same-sex marriage plebiscite letters
THE same-sex marriage postal vote plebiscite has been labelled an “unfair” “big mess” by Northern Rivers residents who failed to receive their documents in the mail.
The controversial $122m Australian Bureau of Statistics postal vote opened this week with thousands of botched deliveries reported in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
Byron Bay’s Katrina Greenhalgh, 34, said she found her postal vote papers flung on the driveway instead of her mailbox on Thursday.
Her husband’s postal papers were found a few days later under a tree.
“Either someone has misdelivered it or someone is walking around and sabotaging the vote by taking letters out of the mailbox,” Ms Greenhalgh said.
“It’s a big mess – why would they deliver envelopes – postage can get lost – it’s not going to be a fair survey if there’s postal votes getting lost everywhere.”
There have been reports of people illegally selling their votes online, “yes” and “no” campaigners offering to fill in forms for others, and survey thefts.
The postal vote disaster has come with increasing social media debate and controversial advertising on the issue, all on the agenda at Fruitopia on Saturday.
The Tropical Fruits’ annual family fun day at the Lismore Showground became an opportunity for the region’s LGBQTI community to “check in” with each other amid the chaos.
The Northern Star’s entertainment editor Javier Encalada was at the event, and said the Northern Rivers LGBQTI community would bond while enjoying the dog show, kids games, stalls and live music acts.
“This was a great day for the community to meet each other and to make sure that we’re all okay, and to support each other,” Mr Encalada said.
“It reminds me of the biological family relationships that we have in our lives, and the other family that we have in our community – and that we’re definitely not alone.
“And that’s the reason why we’re fighting this fight.”
Residents who wish to request a new form must request is online at the ABS website by 6pm on October 18, 2017.
FINDING A VOICE: Wolfsong Choir, led by Imogen Wolf, at Fruitopia festival, Lismore Showgrounds, on Saturday.
Yolly dressed up for the dog show at Fruitopia festival at the Lismore Showgrounds on Saturday.
A colourful welcome was provided at the Fruitopia festival at the Lismore Showgrounds on Saturday.
Javier Encalada of Bangalow and Damien O'Donaghue of Suffolk Park at the Fruitopia festival at the Lismore Showgrounds on Saturday.